Monday 18 June 2018

Netflix confirms return of controversial 13 Reasons Why for third series

The announcement was made in a short teaser clip, but lead Katherine Langford will not be returning.

Katherine Langford played the lead role of Hannah Baker in the first two seasons (Ian West/PA)
Katherine Langford played the lead role of Hannah Baker in the first two seasons (Ian West/PA)

By Isabel Togoh, Press Association

Teen drama 13 Reasons Why has been renewed for a third season, Netflix has announced.

The new series, out in 2019, was revealed in a 16-second teaser posted by the online TV network.

Selena Gomez will return as executive producer alongside creator Brian Yorkey, as well as most of the EP team, according to Deadline.

Katherine Langford, who played the lead role of Hannah Baker in the first two seasons, will not be returning.

The Australian actress, 22, confirmed her departure at a Netflix event last week.

“Despite the fact she won’t be in season three, if the show gets picked up for a season three, I know for myself I will always carry her story with me and the incredible story I’ve had and able to share with this cast, the creatives and these fans,” she said.

Langford also hinted at the move on social media last month.

The series centres on Baker’s suicide, exploring the reasons behind the high school student’s decision through cassette tapes she leaves behind.

In a heartfelt post, Langford said goodbye to her character, writing: “‘Hannah… I love you… and I let you go.'”

“This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact – whether that be in film, music, or any other form of art,” she added.

The controversial episode sees one student being attacked by three others before being assaulted with a mop handle.

Yorkey said the show had a responsibility to shed light on the issue.

“We know that sexual assault is hugely under-reported, sexual assault with male victims is exponentially more under-reported than even sexual assault in general,” he said.

The hugely popular show previously attracted criticism from mental health experts concerned that the show glamourised suicide.

In response to the backlash, Netflix added warning cards and information about crisis hotlines. They also created a discussion guide exploring issues of drug abuse, bullying and sexual assault.

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